Night at the Museum

Let’s be honest. Brussels is not known for its museums. The Museum of Modern Art has been closed for the foreseeable future and many find the African Museum in Tervuren a bit creepy. That said Brussels has a few smaller, quirky museums to explore, including ones dedicated to beer (of course), pharmacies, puppets, clocks and trams.

And what better way to discover some of these than for free?!

From now until 15 December, various museums around Brussels have no entrance fee on Thursday evenings between 5 and 10pm.

Nearly 50 museums are taking part in this year’s Brussels Museums Late-Evening Openings (Nocturnes) Every Thursday around five museums will offer guided tours, walks with story-tellers, workshops and other activities.

Two of my favorites made the list.

The Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) is a real treasure, where you can listen to many of the 1,500 instruments on display through infrared headphones. It’s housed in the former Old England department store built in 1899 in the art nouveau style, and has the best view of the center of Brussels from the roof top café. The buidling alone is worth the visit.

Hidden under Rue Royale, the BelVue / Coudenberg Museum is an archeological site of the former palace of Brussels. You can walk down an old street and visit the remains of the building, cellars and chapel. Definitely one of the best places to bring visitors.

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